“Those who died will never come back…”

“Those who died will never come back…”

“…There’s no point debating if the number of deaths is actually more or less.”

Thus spake the esteemed Chief Minister of Haryana, the state just down the road, home to Gurgaon, our big, shiny, tower-block-y, 21st century city.

The translations from Mr. Khattar’s original Hindi vary slightly, but the essence remains.

The dead are dead.

“…Whosoever has died will not come back to life by making clamour… We will make all efforts to ensure that everyone is saved. The deaths are less or more, there’s no meaning entering into a debate…We are making all necessary arrangements, it’s a pandemic and no one knew about it. Did you or we knew about it?

That comment of Mr. Khattar’s – “it’s a pandemic and no one knew about it” – is almost Trump-esque in its self-serving simplicity.

Actually Mr. Chief Minister, lots of us knew about this pandemic which has, I remind you, been raging for over a year now.

And please don’t forget, Mr. Khattar, that it was your very own BJP colleague and our esteemed Prime Minister, Mr. Modi, who told us all over a year ago, in March 2020, that India would defeat Covid in 21 days.

And, interestingly enough, just 2 months ago, it was your very own BJP party that hailed Mr. Modi for defeating Covid:

“The world was speculating over how India with its vast population and limited healthcare infrastructure would face the challenge…A year later, as the BJP holds its National Office-Bearer meeting, it can be said with pride that India not only defeated Covid-19 under the able, sensitive, committed and visionary leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi but also infused in all its citizens the confidence to build an ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’. The party unequivocally hails its leadership for introducing India to the world as a proud and victorious nation in the fight against Covid19.”

And yet here we are.

Deaths.

Biers lined up because crematoria are full.

No oxygen.

The world flying in supplies to help this “proud and victorious nation” (as per the BJP).

And yet…

Pilgrimages are, apparently, still going to go ahead this summer.

Yes.

You read that correctly.

2 major pilgrimages are apparently likely to take place in the coming months.

The Amarnath Yatra:

The governing body of the annual 56-day Amarnath pilgrimage to the cave shrine in South Kashmir Himalayas may have last week temporarily suspended the registration of pilgrims in views of a surge in the Covid-19 cases, but it is yet to take a decision on cancelling it, officials said on Wednesday.

And the Char Dham, which will take place in the same state that is currently holding the Kumbh Mela.

The Kumbh finishes at the end of this month, I think, and then they will segue into their next big gathering, in just 2 weeks.

If I were a medical professional, hearing unbelievable news like this, this might well be the time that I’d just jack it all in.

While the world is sending us meds and oxygen and equipment to save us, we are still going ahead with religious gatherings.

Beggars belief.

I expect I’ll get the usual sh-1-t from the usual suspects, for saying all this.

On Twitter this morning some man called me “a special idiot” asking “stupid queries”, so if by any chance this polite man (no idea who he is) also reads my blog, I’ll be in for some more gratuitous insults.

There is too much horror, too much jaw-dropping stupidity, too much insensitive lying to cover everything in one post.

But let me end with a comment from our esteemed Health Minister, Dr. Vardhan, and I quote:

“India is better mentally and physically with more experience to beat COVID-19…”

Tell that to the grieving families waiting in 20 hour queues to cremate their loved ones.

Tell them, Dr. Vardhan.

I’m sure they’ll agree with you.

And, final word for today.

Despite being called “a special idiot” on Twitter for querying why the government’s vaccination registration app wasn’t working as scheduled this morning, I have now successfully registered the remaining 6 people in our household who are eligible for vaccination

They are in the system.

No date for their vaccination.

But they are in the system.

After a rough day, I’ll take that as a win.

Stay safe, everyone.

18 Comments

  1. Maureen Anderson

    I’m so sorry your having to live through this,tell the idiots who call you names to read the paper some one with his head so deep in the sand will never be convinced so just ignore the fool.
    Your in my thoughts and prayers and send much love to you all.

  2. Nidhi Pasi

    Please read The Caravan Magazine article…
    “….. The blame for this cannot stop at one man, no matter how unfit for office he may be. It lies just as much at the feet of people who voted for this incompetence twice thinking it will never affect them, assuming their bubbles of concrete will keep them safe from the chaos being inflicted on others. The structure and actions of the Modi administration has stood in mockery of the citizens who ever placed their faith in it. And yet, the leaders of this administration have been rewarded with blind hero-worship, and that was the last blow to Indian democracy.”
    “Today, as graveyards run out of space, we cannot pin it on Modi without a critical self-inventory of the role BJP voters played in this tragic story. It is a difficult conversation to have in a country filled with strife but it can no longer be avoided. Neither can the link between morals and politics be evaded…..”

  3. Anonymous

    We keep getting reports here but no one ever mentions the government ministers and their part in all this. I have no idea what is going to happen in India. Why is no one challenging them or insisting on them justifying the things they have said. Things are starting to get better here. It appears that those who have been vaccinated don’t pass on the virus. That alone should slow this down. But if your people are still congregating at mass events, then it will never slow. You will have “super spreaders” who will take it back to their homes. Its terrifying. For once, the U.K. seems to have got things right.

  4. Devyani Rao

    Thank you for unintentionally making me smile. I’m not smiling much these days and I couldn’t agree more with everything you have said. But “special idiot” was really special! That sure did cheer me up a tad…! Thank you for sharing

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